Thursday, September 29, 2011

You can do nothing.

That's right! I'm starting this blog off really positive by telling you that you can do absolutely nothing. I can do even less. 

Every day that I wake up and try to be a good mom, it blows up in my face. The slightest things set me off, and before I know it I'm scolding the kids and stressed out to the max.

Every time I set a schedule and a to-do list and tell myself "I can do this", something happens that sets me farther behind than if I had never tried in the first place. 

And then day after day I go to bed exhausted and discouraged because somehow I never ever get a single thing done. And I've completely failed as a wife, and a mother! 

And I shouldn't expect anything more from myself.

I in my own strength can do absolutely nothing that will measure up to any good.

But alas there is hope.

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

This is the verse that inspired my title. And inspires me every single day. As homemakers, moms, singles, friends, & humans in general, we need help. We need the help of our Creator God and Friend to bear fruit in our lives.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" Galatians 5:22-23

When I forget to talk to God about my day, I struggle and fight in my own strength to make the day turn out alright. And I end up completely discouraged. 

Just as a tomato will fall to the ground and rot and become worm-eaten (and sometimes gets completely squashed by people walking through the garden), we rot in our own selfishness and sinfulness. We need to stay connected to the Vine that gives us life and hope! 

God hears every prayer, even if it's a desperate cry to remain patient and calm when all at the same time your toddler is banging toys on a metal highchair, your preschooler is earnestly begging for water, and your food is burning on the stove!

I myself struggle with patience, joy, & self-control the most...what struggles do you face in pursuing the fruits of the spirit?


  1. Great post Harmony :) You ARE a good mom and wife.

  2. You are a fantastic mother and wife! But this was a good post:)